Chapter 59 “the post pandemic world: movies, entertainment and sports”
I can either say the entertainment industry was shot to pieces and died a deserved death or was transformed to meet the post pandemic world.
A common thread is that the obscene salaries paid to sports idols, movie stars and rock n rollers vanished so that these gods became the uneducated and overpaid idols smashed to the floor by the lack of disposable income of the masses mostly because there were no masses anymore. With no masses there was no money to be frittered on mostly mindless entertainment events particularly on those “Hollywood Blockbusters” or important playoff games and accompanying endorsements.
For example professional sports bled spectators and sponsors dry in order to pay talented ball dribblers, baseball hitters and flashy skaters earning in one year what the majority of the population could not make in a lifetime of working. Professional sports became irrelevant and 50 goal scorers became janitors and waiters or god forbid hefty garbagemen. Put bluntly there was no money to fund the extravagant conspicuous consumption of tattooed sports gods. Those still fond of professional sport watched reruns of seasons realizing the repetitiveness drudgery of sports. The NFL, NBA and NHL simply disappeared. There was more relevance to people to a local softball match, high school basketball game or shinny hockey match on a frozen lake. The only people lamenting the demise of professional sports were the obscenely rich athletes, pension plans and hedge funds owing majority stakes in sports franchises that had zero balance sheets after Virus #26.
As for film Hollywood met a similar fate. After 60 years of obscene salaries and the cult of personality the castle came crashing down. Like professional athletes the movie stars with their mansions were easy marks for looters and rioters. Independent low budget cinema survived and being accustomed to streaming over the pandemics managed to survive if not thrive. The same for classical music, opera and theatre with much lower operating costs hung in there with much lesser salaries but with lower cost accessibility to the “masses”. In fact the fine arts prospered with low cost streaming charges reached international audiences as opposed to the well heeled domestic “Patrons” scoffing up free food and booze in the “Platinum Supporter’s Lounge”!
In our local community in Sunridge, Ontario a big week-end was a softball match, a community hockey game or a curling match with a barbeque or “tailgate party”. Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Lady Gaga and Austin Mathews (and their insidious tattoos) and the whole lot of them were anachronisms of the past. I don’t mean to sound like Norman Rockwell but local and low key rather became the norm. People’s values had changed with the ravages of the pandemic. Sunday night football was replaced by backyard barbeques and football frisbee……without regrets. There was a change in attitude. And for birthday party’s pin the tail of the Trump was a hugely popular game. As a physician I was a bit uncomfortable with the memories of a mass murderer.
And as for rock n roll it was all local with young musicians playing for a small sum and all the beer they could drink. A bit like Robbie Robertson and the Band with Bob Dylan before they hit he stratosphere to implode. Innocence rediscovered?